Everything you’ve heard is true – Paris, France.

Best viewed while eating anything from Rose Bakery.

I have been making photographs for about eighteen years and have been writing about it – at least for personal reference – for over ten.  I have never had so much difficulty writing about photography as I have with our recent trip to Paris.

Cell phone pictures of Notre Dame. Do you think that they have a back-up schedule for their travel snaps?

I am verbose.  I am long winded.  I am a master of the never ending run-on sentence that lawyers love to craft and have a near monopoly on deciphering.

Describing Paris in words?  That’s tough.

V surprised me a with a trip to Paris this past July.  She speaks French and has been there before.  I speak three phrases in French – one of my own creation and totally unfit to print here – and missed out on the opportunity to experience Paris while I was living in London.  The Desert Storm II / “freedom fries” era didn’t inspire wanderlust.

Young sweethearts at the Place de Vosges. They were experiencing love for the first time. We were experiencing similar feelings for the most delicious sandwich in the world.

We departed with troubling news of stormy weather and put on our bravest faces – who wants to go on a trip to a destination slated for horrible weather?  After arriving at CDG and taking the train to the Metro to our hotel, we were pleasantly surprised to find no rain, thunder or lightning, frogs falling from the sky or other conditions that could ruin our trip.

Our time in Paris coincided with the beginning of the French vacation season – we were relieved to find fantastic restaurants and shops open on Friday and Saturday and disappointed to find them shuttered on Sunday and Monday.  Luckily we spent most of our time walking, making pictures and eating great food, so we made the most of our time and made notes for our return.

This gentleman makes the best sandwiches in the world. Seriously. See the girl laughing? Her friend probably suggested that they split one.

We are going to return.

Note – no trip to this city is complete without getting a sandwich from the gentleman pictured above.  I didn’t catch his name, but he can be found at the Marché des Enfants Rouges where he will be singing a song that goes “yum yum yum!” and has a line wrapping around the market.

We had absolutely fantastic meals, ate delicious pastries, sipped perfectly prepared coffee concoctions, devoured beautiful loaves of bread and made about a million notes for places that we need to visit when we return – the painfully well-stocked camera shops on Boulevard Beaumarchais, the boutiques of the Marais, the Ferrari rental on the Champs-Élysées, etc.

Life is good. Everything looks cool at 1.8, right?

Maybe not the Ferarri rental, but you get the picture.

Speaking of pictures, Paris is a city that loves the arts and has the galleries and stores to support them.  As I mentioned above, Beaumarchais has absolutely fantastic camera stores including one dedicated to all things large format…next door to a store dedicated to all things medium format.  Wow.

What’s the point of a filter-less TLR if you aren’t going to use the waist level finder? Am I being too critical? Even so, it pleases me to see people shooting film as I hammer away on my first digital camera.

We covered a great deal of ground in the city and I am looking forward to our return.  I look forward to really digging in on the photographs that I made while in Paris, as I feel like the images do a better job explaining the magic of the city than my clumsy words ever will.

As V says about Paris (and hopes to see as a tourism slogan), everything you’ve heard is true.  Note – this is V’s slogan.  She is also an attorney, so don’t even think about stealing it.  🙂

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4 Comments

  1. Your comments and the great photos make me want to go there after resisting for a long time !! Nice work .

    1. Resisting? Resisting what? Incredible food, the best coffee on the planet and more incredible architecture than you can shake a stick at?

  2. Best coffee on the planet? Paris? No way! Their “baristas” are nothing more than dudes who load a coffee pod into an automatic machine and press “Start”.

    1. I agree that there’s room for discussion of the “best” coffee – I welcome your suggestions.

      I didn’t come across a single pod-barista whine in Paris. That would be a real disappointment!

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